Continuing with the dragon theme for this month’s Bostik craft challenge, here is another fun to do and easy to make dragon craft for kids. A dragon mask as envisioned by my nearly 5 year old son.
I kid you not. The moment I held up the cardboard cone that came in this month’s Bostik craft box and said, “Dragon Mask,” J was jumping up and down, shouting out ideas. He was the one that came up with the green frilly piece (probably influenced by too many pictures of Triceratops in his books). He decided how we would make the green snout and the fire coming through it. And he picked the spots on the mask to stick the dragon’s beard. I suggested we put the pieces of tissue paper all in a row on the undersurface. But he was having none of it, insisting that we stick them on either side of the cone.
Here is how we did it. To make our Dragon Mask we used:
- A cardboard in the shape of a cone. You could use card paper if you don’t have mouldable cardboard.
- Variegated yarn in red, yellow and orange that I have been usingto crochet my Sky Blanket.
- A paper muffin case in green for the frill
- 2 yellow pompoms for the eyes
- 2 googly eyes
- A piece of shiny green card for the snout
- Strips of red and orange tissue paper for the fire and dragon’s beard
- A red pipe cleaner for the horns/ears
- Bostik glu
We started by pushing two holes, one on each side of the open end of the cone. I threaded a length of wool through the holes and tied them off. These would later help me tie the mask around J’s face.
Next, I smeared the cone with glue and J and I wound the variegated yarn all around it starting from the base and finishing at the tip of the cone. We next stuck the muffin case on the inside of the base. I folded the pipe cleaner to resemble horns, tucked them between the cone and frill, and glued them there. J then glued on the pompoms, googly eyes and the snout.
We disagreed on how best to create the fire with the tissue paper. J wanted to crumple it into a ball and stick it on. I preferred to fold the strip in half. I might have vetoed this one!
The rest of the strips of tissue paper were stuck on either side of the cone.
That’s it. Our dragon mask was done and ready for use in all manner of play. J put it on and ran around pretending to be a fire-breathing dragon, trying to fight off the knight (also known as M). And yes, the mask does not offer an airtight fit. So J had no trouble at all breathing or growling with that mask on.
The entire process of making this mask involves a lot of craft glue and a lot of sticking. So it is perfect even for younger children to craft, albeit with a little parental assistance. The end result is rather striking and achieved with minimal effort. What do you make of it?
Disclosure: We were sent a box of craft material to complete this challenge as part of the Bostik Blogger campaign.